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What the future holds

Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, is one of several leading visionaries who were chosen to offer their thoughts on the future as part of Green Money Journal’s fifteenth anniversary issue. She is joined by the likes of Deborah Madison (offering thoughts on the future of food), Amy Domini (offering her perspective on socially-responsible investing), and Woody Tasch on the interesting concept of “slow investing” or “patient capital.” The future is not as bleak as we may see it, or as a Bread & Puppet performer during the troupe’s Divine Reality Comedy Circus claimed “Everything is not fine, and that is fine.” No, this is not the world through Rove-colored glasses. Rather, each essay provides unique insight into how we need to prepare for the next 15 years, and what we can expect to witness. It’s not all bad, in fact many believe that we are now at the forefront of an emerging economy that will become more humane, not less. Hazel sees plenty of hope in the future, including a return to multilateralism, increased resource nationalism, a new economy based on clean fuels and energy, and a shift away from taxing income and payroll to instead taxing “waste, pollution, resource depletion, and planned obsolescence.” However, she sees plenty of challenges to this future model, including “the consequences of money corrupting politics and democracy, the dearth of visionary leadership, global mediocracy and monopoly over the public airwaves.” Still, Hazel encourages us to remember, “we have all the tools we need to make the transition to global sustainability. The planet is holding up a mirror to humanity and we are slowly learning that our values must change to reflect planetary realities. Stress has always been evolution’s tool. We humans have three main resources to develop ourselves and our societies: information, matter and energy.” Read her full article here.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..